Democrat to challenge Alaska House race results

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on a contested Alaska House seat (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

The fight continues over a hotly contested Alaska House seat.

Democrat Kathryn Dodge says she is appealing the results of a recount that showed Republican rival Bart LeBon winning by one vote.

The two had been tied heading into Friday's recount. Dodge picked up another vote, while LeBon picked up two.

Dodge says she disagrees with decisions the Division of Elections made on some ballots.

Republicans initially claimed control of the House after last month's elections, assuming a win by LeBon, which would have given them 21 members. But that 21 also included Nancy Dahlstrom, who won a state House seat.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy named her as Corrections commissioner on Wednesday.


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The Democrat who lost a recount by one vote in a contested Alaska House race must decide by Wednesday whether to challenge the results.

Kathryn Dodge, in a statement late Tuesday, says she and her team were reviewing decisions made by the Division of Elections. She says she disagrees with some of the decisions but wants to "look at everything" before making a final decision.

Dodge and Republican Bart LeBon were tied heading into Friday's recount. During the recount, Dodge picked up another vote, while LeBon picked up two.

A LeBon win would give Republicans a 21-member majority and control of the 40-member House. Republicans hold the governor's office and control the Senate.

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